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Articles on Child Abduction by Timothy Maier
Aug 19th, 2010

IAPCR would like to share some older articles written in 1999 and 2000 by Timothy Maier. He focused on Europe and the Middle East but the problems he writes about are the same problems we face today in Japan and many other countries all over the world. Mr. Maier constantly criticized the State Department for their incompetence. All of the obstacles we face today were present 10 years ago (the way State classifies cases, how countries are seen as compliant or non-compliant in relation to the Hague, misleading Congress, unwillingness to protect its own citizens, unwillingness to prosecute child abductors, [Continue Reading...]

International Divorce, the Hague, &
Japanese Family Law
Aug 14th, 2010

Asahi Broadcasting Corporation in Osaka did a story about international divorce and the state of Family Law in Japan. They focused on 2 cases, Craig Morrey and Yuka Yamanaka. Craig’s ex moved to Yamaguchi-ken with their daughter and left Craig to care for his severely handicapped son all by himself. Craig rarely gets to meet his daughter. Craig, as most divorced parents, is extremely unhappy with the family court system. He is working with many people in Japan and America to change the Family Law System in Japan. Yuka’s children live in America and her ex refuses to let the [Continue Reading...]

BACHome’s Involvement with HR 1326
by Randy Collins
Jul 21st, 2010

My name is Randy Collins. My son, Keisuke Christian Collins, was illegally abducted by his Japanese mother, Reiko Nakata Greenberg Collins on June 16, 2008. The last day I saw Keisuke was Fathers Day, June 15, 2008. Reiko violated preexisting California Superior Court orders and fled to live with her parents, Ken and Miyuki Nakata in Yotsukaido, Japan. Since that time, I have dedicated my life to getting Keisuke back home. I have traveled to Washington DC numerous times to raise awareness of Japan’s stance of sanctioning and endorsing the abduction of hundreds of American children. On May 5, 2010 [Continue Reading...]

Father’s Day March for Joint Custody and
the Hague – Tokyo 2010
Jun 26th, 2010

For your average dad, Father’s Day means a handmade card from the kids, a new necktie or bottle of cologne, and hugs and kisses all around from those they love. But for a determined group of left-behind fathers and mothers last Sunday, Father’s Day instead meant a very vocal protest march through the streets of Shibuya Ward in Tokyo. Organized by the Meetup group Left Behind Parents Japan, an assemblage of around 50 parents who have lost access to their children, together with their supporters, unfurled banners, carried picket signs, and with bullhorns shouted slogans in both English and Japanese [Continue Reading...]

From the Shadows. A documentary film
that examines parental abduction and
retention in Japan
Jun 25th, 2010

Last night there was a pre-screening of a film called “From the Shadows” a film by David Hearn and Matt Antell. I personally found the film to be very informative and really driving home the severe abduction problem in Japan. There are even Japanese government officials quoted to the effect that abduction is an acceptable cultural practice in Japan. Seeing the horrifying cases of abduction and outright acceptable mental child-abuse practices in Japan was alarming. Seeing the treatment of children in Japan in this film makes it difficult to believe Japan is a 21st century civilized nation. This is a [Continue Reading...]

K-Net and IAPCR Press conference
Jun 18th, 2010

Yesterday K-Net and IAPCR did a joint press conference in Toranomon in Tokyo. There were several reporters from the Japanese media in attendance and we hope the conference helps get the word out to Japanese community.

Kevin Brown Speaks at a Study Session in Kyoto
May 14th, 2010

Okayonet-Kansai sponsored a study session related to reforming Japanese Family Law. Kevin Brown (an Oyako-net member) spoke about his case, recent developments in the States, and what he feels needs to be done to change the Family Law in Japan. His speech was in English but it was translated sentence by sentence for the Japanese audience. Kevin’s ex lives in Kumamoto and has severely limited his visitation. He travels 11 hours one way (when he is lucky enough) to visit his son, Isaac. His ex has cut off visitation 3 different times for extended periods of time. Kevin worries about [Continue Reading...]

U.S. resolution condemns Japan
May 12th, 2010

By ERIC JOHNSTON Staff writer OSAKA — U.S. lawmakers introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives Wednesday that condemns Japan for being an international haven for child abductors. See main article here

Japanese Supreme Court Video that No One Can See
May 2nd, 2010

Two articles concerning a secret Supreme Court Video were posted in the April 20th edition of the Japan Times. What kind of video does the Supreme Court want to keep secret? Well, this video is about divorce and what parents must consider when they live apart. How are the children affected? Kevin’s article talks about how the courts fail, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and the recent pressure from 8 nations asking Japan to sign the Hague. (Follow the link below to read the whole [Continue Reading...]

Study Session about Reforming Japanese Family Law
Apr 29th, 2010

On Sunday the 25th of April a study session related to reforming family law was held in Kyoto. The study session was sponsored by Oyako-net Kansai. The keynote speaker was Mr. Nonoyama a lawyer who practices in the Kansai area. Nonoyama sensei is good friends with Tanase sensei (another lawyer based in Tokyo) who is also interested in reforming family law in Japan. One of the first things Nonoyama sensei said was it is too easy to get a divorce in Japan. You only have to sign a sheet of paper to get a divorce. There are no requirements (as [Continue Reading...]

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